At the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 13th October, Conservative and UKIP councillors forced through a motion closing the city's doors to refugees. This comes at a time when the people of Portsmouth have been showing kindness and compassion and despite protestors outside in Guildhall Square (shown above).
Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Lib Dem Leader on Portsmouth City Council commented, "Portsmouth has a long history of helping those people who have suffered unthinkable and inhumane treatment. I am absolutely appalled that some city councillors are not willing to show compassion at a time when Europe and the World are facing such a huge humanitarian crisis.”
Gerald went further to say, "In the past, Portsmouth has accepted 87% of refugees being housed in the South East. Now, we take just 26%. Today, there are 126 refugees currently in Portsmouth. None of which are unaccompanied young people and yet the Conservatives claim there is too much pressure on school places to welcome anyone else into our city."
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